ROUGH CUTS SUNDAY| How fortunate are we?

TODAY is Sunday, the fourth Sunday in ordinary time in the Roman Catholic Church calendar.

The First Reading is taken  from Zephaniah 2:3; 3;12-13.

It says:

Seek Yahweh, all you poor of the land, who will fulfill his commands, do justice and be meek, and perhaps you will find refuge on the day Yahweh comes to judge.

I will leave within you a poor and meek people who seek refugein God. The remnant of Israel will not act unjustly nor will they speak falsely, nor will deceitful words be found in their mouths. They will eat and rest, with none to threaten them.

Meanwhile, today’s Gospel is taken from Matthew 5:1-12a, and it says:

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up to the mountain. He sat down and his disciples gathered around him.  Then he spoke and began to teach them: “Fortunate are those who are poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Fortunate are those who mourn; they shall be comforted. Fortunate are the gentle; they shall possess the land.

Fortunate are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied. Fortunate are the merciful, for they shall find mercy.. Fortunate are those with pure hearts, for they shall see God. Fortunate are those who work for peace; they shall be called children of God.

Fortunate are those who are persecuted for the cause of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Fortunate are you, when people insult you and persecute you and speak all kinds of evil against you because you are my followers. Be glad and joyful, for a great reward  is kept for you in God. For that is how this people persecuted the prophets who lived before you.”

Now, in relation to the First Reading, Who are the remnant of Israel. They consist of those who are poor and meek, seeking refuge in God. It is such ordinary people that God chooses for extraordinary acts in His Name. Jesus confirms this reality by proclaiming the beatitudes.

     Reflection: The way of the Lord do not often correspond to the way of the world. Whereas the world values the big and the powerful, the Lord prizes the small and the weak, who do not count on their own strength, but place their trust in God. Such people are the “blessed” in the Kingdom. Where have you placed your trust?

Let us pray that the beatitudes are realized in us and work towards fulfilling these.

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